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San Juan County workers amass unpaid vacation time

September 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County is considering putting an end to a practice that let employees save up unlimited amounts of vacation time and cash it out when they retire. County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter tells the Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/Pcl7Zm ) the unlimited banking of vacation time is threatening to unbalance the [&hellip...

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Asbestos found in NM state office building

September 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The General Services Department says low levels of asbestos have been found in a state building that’s scheduled for an $18 million renovation. The agency said the asbestos was in glue fastening latillas to ceilings and walls in...

Carlsbad couple’s taco truck becomes restaurant

September 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this September 2012 photo, Alfredo and Rosie Cereceres work at Junior’s Burritos, their mobile burrito business in Carlsbad, N.M. Four years after working out of a bus, and building up a loyal group of customers, Junior’s is growing up and...

Arrest made in Bernalillo Co. hit and run death

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County deputies say they’ve arrested a 71-year-old man who they believe was driving a truck that struck a 15-month-old girl who wandered into a street. Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Katz says Milan Darr was arrested...

Senate confirms Washburn to Indian Affairs post

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma who is currently the dean of the University of New Mexico Law School to oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Senate approved President Barack...

3 hurt in Albuquerque hot-air balloon mishap

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Albuquerque say three people have been hurt after a commercial hot-air balloon pilot tried to let the craft’s basket dip into the Rio Grande as it floated past. Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa...

Husband of Albuquerque federal prosecutor indicted

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A retired educator who is married to a federal prosecutor in Albuquerque has been indicted on charges that he tipped off a person targeted in a federal firearms investigation. The indictment obtained by the Albuquerque Journal...

Suspects in NM bank robbery nabbed in Colorado

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The FBI says two suspects who robbed a bank in Farmington, N.M., were arrested near Ignacio, Colo., after a high-speed chase. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says a man walked into a Wells Fargo bank branch in Farmington at about 4 p.m....

Albuquerque woman dies in NE city house fire

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque woman has died after fire engulfed the bedroom of her home. Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero says crews were called to the northeast Albuquerque neighborhood at about 7:30 a.m....

NM county eliminates annual vendor fee

September 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s most populous county has decided to eliminate an annual fee for vendors in an effort to encourage more businesses to register with the county. Bernalillo County’s purchasing department announced Friday that...